Group rides are generally scheduled for mornings during the spring, summer, and fall.
Starting points vary from ride to ride all around the St. Louis area. They are in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles County, and in the Illinois counties across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.
With a few exceptions either way, group rides are between 20 and 50 miles in length.
Although there can be fewer or more, STLRC group rides typically have between 10 and 20 cyclists.
Group rides are also often scheduled for special events that may arise throughout the year.
We make every effort to be safe and to keep everyone on our rides safe, but we all have to realize there is a possibility of a mishap when riding a bicycle.
Since our rides are covered by insurance, it is the responsibility of each rider to make sure their name is marked on the sign-in sheet in case an accident must be reported.
Novice or experienced cyclists who are in sufficient physical condition to ride the specific ride they are attending. Contact the ride leader if you have concerns about the difficulty of the ride.
Cyclists who desire to meet other cyclists with similar cycling experiences.
Cyclists who prefer to ride low or moderate mileage routes at a leisurely or moderate pace.
Cyclists who are more experienced and physically fit and desire to ride routes with more miles, at a faster pace, and sometimes over more hilly terrain.
Be conservative. Choose a ride easier and shorter than you think you can ultimately handle.
You will not enjoy struggling to keep up with a ride that is too fast for you nor will the group enjoy waiting for you.
It is a good idea to contact the ride leader ahead of time on your first ride and to introduce yourself when signing in at the start of the ride.
Check this website shortly before the ride to make sure the start time has not been modified or it has not been cancelled because of weather or another reason.
Unless otherwise stated in the information regarding the respective specific ride, all group rides are weather permitting.
A scheduled group ride may be cancelled at the discretion of the ride leader if it is raining or snowing or if there is a high prediction percentage at the start of the ride, if the temperature at the start of the ride is excessively cold, or if the anticipated temperature during the ride is excessive.
Maps or cue sheets are usually provided for each cyclist participating on a group ride.
Often, the maps or cue sheets are available with the ride listing on this website prior to the scheduled ride.
It is helpful to the ride leader if cyclists download and print a copy of the map or cue sheet to bring to the ride for their own use.
Each cyclist participating in a group ride is expected to be self-sufficient and bring appropriate equipment for the ride.
Obviously, the most significant equipment item is a bicycle that is in good working order and is the proper fit for the cyclists.
It is recommended that bicycles be equipped with rear and side reflectors.
The Helmet Policy requires that an ANSI or Snell approved helmet be worn by all participants on rides.
If a participant chooses not to wear a helmet, he or she is no longer considered a ride participant.
Ride leaders are authorized to refuse a potential participant if they show up for a ride without a helmet.
If an individual insists on accompanying the trip, the leader should inform that rider before witnesses that they are not considered participants and will not be permitted to register for the ride.
While we cannot control the use of public roads, we can control whom we accept as participants.
Each cyclist should carry the following personal emergency identification information either on themself or on their bicycle:
Cyclist’s cell phone number, if the cyclist carries a cell phone on the group ride.
Name of emergency contact person
Relationship of the emergency contact person to the cyclist
Phone number for the emergency contact person
All cyclists on STLRC rides are required to wear a bicycle helmet that meets national safety standards (CPSC approved) on all group rides.
Each cyclist should bring adequate water, spare bicycle tubes, and bicycle tools needed to change a flat tire.
Additional bicycle tools used to make minor adjustments to a bicycle are also recommended.
It is strongly recommended that each bicycle be equipped with an odometer. Ride mileage is often shown on the cue sheet to help riders know when and where to turn. Also cue sheets can explain known road hazards that occur at certain mileage points.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are our group ride leaders?
We are totally dependent on our members to help share the load by leading a ride. The more rides we have to choose from, the more opportunities for everyone. Go to the Plan a Ride page to see what YOU can do to be a ride leader.
What do the listed start times on the schedule really mean?
Rides leave at the scheduled time listed on the ride description. Please arrive early enough to adjust your gear, suit up and receive ride information, if any, from the ride leader. End times are approximate. In early spring and late fall, rides are scheduled to get back safely before dark.
What happens in the event of inclement weather?
The ride leader may cancel a ride because of rain, lightening or extreme temperatures. See the Weather Policy for more details. A ride leader is expected to show up fro the scheduled ride unless it is cancelled and posted as such on this website.
What condition should my bicycle be in when participating in STLRC group rides?
Club members are encouraged to keep their bicycles in good condition. Bikes should be safe to operate and capable of completing the entire ride. Service your bike regularly. A more experienced club member will usually be glad to examine your bike for safety and maintenance concerns.
What equipment is required and recommended for group rides?
All cyclists are required to wear a bicycle helmet that meets national safety standards (either ANSI or Snell approved). The helmet should be comfortable and properly fitted. Cyclists are also encouraged to use other personal safety equipment, like mirrors, proper clothing, rain gear, gloves, and a bell. It is good practice to have a basic level of repair parts and equipment such as tubes and a pump.
Can I bring a dog or other pet on group rides?
Dogs or other pets are not allowed on club group rides. It is unsafe for the cyclists, other cyclists, and the pets.
Many ride descriptions are coded with numbers and letters defined in this table to reflect the difficulty of the ride.